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approximately 40 miles of sanitary sewer, not including the collection system. also monitor the sanitary sewer and collection system for maintenance purposes, and also respond to a sanitary sewer overflows, as well as blockages, odor complaints. we work in an industry that the public looks at us, and they look at us hard in time. so we try to do our best, we try to cut down on incidents, the loss of power, cut down on the complaints, provide a vital service to the community, and we try to uphold that at all times. >> going above and beyond is default mode. he knows his duties, and he doesn't need to be prompts. he fulfills them. he looks for what needs to be done and just does it. he wants this place to be a nice place to live and work.
he's not just thinking customer service, this is from a place of empathy. he genuinely wants things to work for everyone and that kind of caring, i admire that. i want to emulate that myself. that, to me is a leader. >> i strive not to be a success but more of being a valued person to the community. the key is no man is an island. when anything actually happens, they don't look at one individual, they look at p.u.c. stepping in and getting the job done, and that's what we do. my name is dalton johnson, i'm the acting supervisor here at treasure island treatment plant. >> all right. good afternoon, everyone. i am paul yepp. i am the kmonding officer of the central police station.
and i want to thank you for being here today. irts to thank o . i want to thank our supervisors for being here today, first of all, mayor london breed, supervisor aaron peskin, and on cue, the chief of police, bill scott. executive director of sf safe, kyra worthy. park and rec commissioner allen low. park and rec area manager zach taylor. chief of the park rangers, mike celeste. president of self-help for the elderly, annie chung. from the chinese benevolent association, charles chow. and from the san francisco
police department command staff, deputy chief ann mannix, commander dan perea, commander david lozar. oh, and -- i'm sorry -- oh, and i'm sorry. reverend malcolm fong -- the latest commander for the san francisco police department, darryl fong. congratulations, darryl. this is about you. [applause] >> and of course the executive director for the ccdc, malcom yo. i am proud to share with you the grand opening of the san francisco police department public information drop-in
center, and it was quite a collaboration between city partners and our community leaders. and i can't be more proud to have got this done with everyone in this room, so thank you for that. and let me go ahead and introduce our first speaker, the honorable mayor london breed. [applause] >> the hon. london breed: thank you, captain. i'm really excited to be here because this is a really incredible opportunity for the chinatown community. what we ultimately want to do is make sure that people are safe, and part of making sure that people are safe is not only a police presence but it's also people feeling comfortable with reporting crimes. when i first became mayor, one of the first thing that i did was to add additional beat officers here in chinatown, and we're continuing to add more beat officers in civic center and other parts of the city as those new academy classes continue to graduate.
thank you supervisor peskin and members of the board of supervisors for supporting the additional academy classes which will ensure that we are able to get more officers on the streets. but we know that police presence alone can't address some of the challenges that exist, and in particular, in communities where people speak different languages, there are often times, you know, just really a disconnect between the crime that happens and their ability to report those crimes. and so this drop-in center will be used as an opportunity for people who are a part of this community to basically come in to develop relationships with the officers here and to report crimes if they occur. and so i'm excited about that because i know that captain yepp has done an outstanding job in this community with building good relationships with the people in this community and also commander lozar who was the former
captain of this station has also been instrumental in continuing to bridge that gap. this is just the next step in ensuring that people feel safe, that people feel secure in their community. that they have a comfortable place to come and to meet with police officers. and i want to thank annie chung and the work of the self-help for the elderly and all that you do to also work with so many of our seniors in this particular community. we definitely have a lot of work to do, and this is just one of the first steps in trying to meet people where they are and come out into the community so that people are comfortable with having conversations and building relationships with our police department. it's something that is really important to me as someone bho grew up in the western addition and worked really hard to bridge the gap between law enforcement and one another.
it's a way to stop crime from occurring, but once they occur, we have an obligation to work hard to address those particular issues, and this is just one step closer in getting us to a place where people can feel that their voices matter, that they will be supported and protected in their community, so i am grateful to the san francisco police department for providing the bilingual officers who will work with this community. i want to thank chief scott for his leadership. will i i also, i know that supervisor peskin will be hosting office hours in this location. who knows, maybe one day, i'll join you. it's just another way to bring law enforcement, to bring all of these things directly into the community, to make the community not only a better community but a safer community who every who lives and works
and spends time in this neighborhood. so thank you all so much for being here today, and i'm excite thad this space is opening to provide this opportunity for the folks in this neighborhood. >> thank you, mayor, for your leadership and your support. the next speaker is my favorite district three supervisor, supervisor aaron peskin. >> supervisor peskin: thank you, captain nepp. to our mayor, london breed, chief scott, to all of the dignitiaries gathered herein, it takes a village, and what you see in this place are many different agencies and nonprofit partners coming together. so we are here at portsmouth square which is the living room for this very, very dense community. everything that happens in this community happens in this treasured park, and we are on rec and parkland, which is leased to an organization that
has been taking care of this community, particularly the seniors, since 1966, self-help for the elderly. and we have company a. why is it called company a? it is the first police station in san francisco. i like to say all of our districts are created equal, but district three has central station, and we are more equal. why do i say that? because i know the working men and women of central station company a, and they're not just police officers. they do wellness checks, they know the people in the community. a long time ago at the board of supervisors, some 15 years ago, there was a big conversation about community policing. and when it was explained to me, i realized that i had community policing. all of my beat cops, they know the folks, whether they're in the pings or in north beach, and it really is the essence of what makes a safe community.
and they're culturally competent. as a matter of fact, there are 460 officers in the sfpd who speak a multitude of languages, some 30 languages. the beat officers in chinatown speak fluent cantonese. they engage with the seniors, they engage with the children, and this is an unparalleled opportunity for the people to have direct access twice a week in this treasured spot. as you all know, we come here for press conferences, for celebrations. this is a community that has under reported crime. i get to read about it in the journal and sing tao. this is an opportunity for people to come in and speak in
cantonnese to report what's happening on the street. i'm incredibly grateful to the police department. chief scott, you have a great worker in paul yepp. captain yepp, thank you for making it happen, and -- [speaking cantonnese language] >> thank you. and our next speaker is chief of police bill scott. >> thank you, everyone. and i won't go over the points that supervisor peskin and mayor breed said, but i want to reiterate a couple of things. first of all, thank you mayor breed for her outstanding leadership. you know, part of what makes this work for us is the executive leadership of the city. the budget that we received this year was very supportive,
and it will enable us to continue the path of increasing our foot beat officers and that really speaks to our goal to engage better with the city of san francisco, the residents of the city of san francisco. the other part of that is, you know, this community center will allow us to get to the root of policing, and that's getting people comfortable to report crimes when they occur, because that impacts how we deploy, that impacts how our resources are distributed throughout the city. so this is a great step in that direction. before i go any further, though, all this doesn't work without the people standing in the back of the room, and those are the officers that are assigned to this district, the central foot beat officers and supervision, captain yepp and his team. they make it work in conjunction with the community. i know they're behind the
cameras, but i just want to thank the officers for what they do in this community, because we do have great relationships in this community. we do have some really good things happening in this community. we are a police department that wants to be responsive to the community that we serve, and that all starts with the officers. the command staff, we do what we do. we lead the department, we set the course and the chart and all that, but the work gets done at the field level, and i can't say i'm so proud to have the officers in this room as the team that's doing this work. so thank you for what you do. as supervisor peskin said, we have over 460 -- i think the number is up to 490 officers that speak 30 different languages. we want to engage with our city. we want to get better at that. we want to be better at policing. we want to be the best police department in this nation, and i think with the leadership of this city, we're well on our way to do that. this is just another step, so
thank you for kwbticontributin our city, what we know is a great thank you. thank you so much. >> thank you, chief. as i said earlier, this project doesn't happen without our community partners, and one of our great community partners is the president of the self-help for the elderly, miss annie chung. >> thank you very much, captain yepp, and thank you mayor breed, thank you, supervisor peskin, who knows our place very well because you hold a lot of office appointments here. welcome, everybody to our portsmouth square clubhouse. as mayor breed and supervisor peskin and chief scott said, we know that partnership with the sfpd is very important to our community. we are the second most dense part to san francisco, probably second only to manhattan, new york, because as you see, a lot
of our residents lived in very crowded housing in s.r.o.s. you see a lot of seniors walking on the street, talking on their phone, not a very safe thing to do. because we heard that crimes usually get underreported in this community. no matter how hard, commander lozar, when you was our captain, and captain yepp come around to our senior centers and keep reporting the crimes, no matter how big or small the crimes are. when paul came to me and said, annie, you think you could rearrange a little bit of your schedule to accommodate our drop-in center, i said yes without the blinking of an eye. i know it will be a welcome sight. our merchants, our residents, our seniors who live around here, our children, you are
welcome to see our police officers, especially those who speak the language. they feel comfortable of coming in to ask questions, and i think that through our work, we could also arrange for small groups of residents to come in to get some public safety education with our officers. so thank you, mayor. community policing is all about the community. and if we build our rapport with our police officers, i know that i am krcrimes reportl increase, and i thank you very much for all of your leadership. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, annie. and then, our final speaker from the community is executive director of the chinatown community development center, malcolm yao. >> well, paul, thank you for the promotion. i'm not the executive director, i'm the deputy director of chinatown community center, but i'll ask for a raise. thank you very much.
you know, this drop-in center is really all about community policing. i think we've thrown that term around quite a bit, but captain yepp personified that. community policing is taking leadership and pulling the threads together necessary to make this happen. it wasn't easy, it wasn't from command on high. it came out of paul's head. he knew that reporting needed to go up, he knew that it needed to come back to the community, and this was captain yepp's brain child, and he took the lead in pulling all the threats for doing this. so i really want to thank you for this, captain yepp, for your leadership in the community. i don't say this lightly, when i say that auntie rose would be proud of you. she absolutely hated the koban, but she's going to love this. thank you. >> okay. that concludes the speaking
portion of this press conference, but i did want to take the opportunity to introduce our officers new to the station but well known in the police department is lieutenant doug farmer, sergeant paul rogers, sergeant klobuchu, officer bob duffield, officer pauli tang, officer jennie mau, officer reggie pena, officer matt fambrini, and officer alex anton. [applause] >> thank you very much. [applause]
san francisco, 911, what's the emergency? >> san francisco 911, police, fire and medical. >> the tenderloin. suspect with a six inch knife. >> he was trying to get into his car and was hit by a car. >> san francisco 911 what's the exact location of your emergency? >> welcome to the san francisco department of emergency management. my name is shannon bond and i'm the lead instructor for our dispatch add -- academy. i want to tell you about what we do here. >> this is san francisco 911. do you need police, fire or medical? >> san francisco police, dispatcher 82, how can i help you? >> you're helping people in their -- what may be their most vulnerable moment ever in life. so be able to provide them immediate help right then and there, it's really rewarding. >> our agency is a very
combined agency. we answer emergency and non-emergency calls and we also do dispatching for fire, for medical and we also do dispatching for police. >> we staff multiple call taking positions. as well as positions for police and fire dispatch. >> we have a priority 221. >> i wanted to become a dispatcher so i could help people. i really like people. i enjoy talking to people. this is a way that i thought that i could be involved with people every day. >> as a 911 dispatcher i am the first first responder. even though i never go on seen -- scene i'm the first one answering the phone call to calm the victim down and give them instruction. the information allows us to coordinate a response. police officers, firefighters, ambulances or any other agency. it is a great feeling when everyone gets to go home safely at the end of the day knowing that you've also saved a
citizen's life. >> our department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. >> this is shift work. that means we work nights, weekends and holidays and can involve over time and sometimes that's mandatory. >> this is a high stress career so it's important to have a good balance between work and life. >> we have resources available like wellness and peer support groups. our dispatchers of the month are recognized for their outstanding performance and unique and ever changing circumstances. >> i received an accommodation and then i received dispatcher of the month, which was really nice because i was just released from the phones. so for them to, you know, recognize me for that i appreciated it. i was surprised to even get it. at the end of the day i was just doing my job. >> a typical dispatch shift includes call taking and dispatching. it takes a large dedicated group of fifrst responders to make ths
department run and in turn keep the city safe. >> when you work here you don't work alone, you work as part of a team. you may start off as initial phone call or contact but everyone around you participating in the whole process. >> i was born and raised in san francisco so it's really rewarding to me to be able to help the community and know that i have a part in -- you know, even if it's behind the scenes kind of helping the city flow and helping people out that live here. >> the training program begins with our seven-week academy followed by on the job training. this means you're actually taking calls or dispatching responders. >> you can walk in with a high school diploma, you don't need to have a college degree. we will train you and we will teach you how to do this job. >> we just need you to come with an open mind that we can train you and make you a good dispatcher. >> if it's too dangerous to see and you think that you can get away and call us from somewhere safe. >> good. that's right.
>> from the start of the academy to being released as a solo dispatcher can take nine months to a year. >> training is a little over a year and may change in time. the training is intense. very intense. >> what's the number one thing that kills people in this country? so we're going to assume that it's a heart attack, right? don't forget that. >> as a new hire we require you to be flexible. you will be required to work all shifts that include midnights, some call graveyard, days and swings. >> you have to be willing to work at different times, work during the holidays, you have to work during the weekends, midnight, 6:00 in the morning, 3:00 in the afternoon. that's like the toughest part of this job. >> we need every person that's in here and when it comes down
to it, we can come together and we make a really great team and do our best to keep the city flowing and safe. >> this is a big job and an honorable career. we appreciate your interest in joining our team. >> we hope you decide to join us here as the first first responders to the city and county of san francisco. for more information on the job and how to apply follow the links below.
>> this is one place you can always count on to give you what you had before and remind you of what your san francisco history used to be. >> we hear that all the time, people bring their kids here and their grandparents brought them here and down the line. >> even though people move away, whenever they come back to the city, they make it here. and they tell us that.
>> you're going to get something made fresh, made by hand and made with quality products and something that's very, very good. ♪ >> the legacy bars and restaurants was something that was begun by san francisco simply to recognize and draw attention to the establishments. it really provides for san francisco's unique character. ♪ >> and that morphed into a request that we work with the city to develop a legacy business registration. >> i'm michael cirocco and the owner of an area bakery. ♪ the bakery started in 191. my grandfather came over from italy and opened it up then.
it is a small operation. it's not big. so everything is kind of quality that way. so i see every piece and cut every piece that comes in and out of that oven. >> i'm leslie cirocco-mitchell, a fourth generation baker here with my family. ♪ so we get up pretty early in the morning. i usually start baking around 5:00. and then you just start doing rounds of dough. loaves. >> my mom and sister basically handle the front and then i have my nephew james helps and then my two daughters and my wife come in and we actually do the baking. after that, my mom and my sister stay and sell the product, retail it. ♪ you know, i don't really think about it. but then when i -- sometimes when i go places and i look and
see places put up, oh this is our 50th anniversary and everything and we've been over 100 and that is when it kind of hits me. you know, that geez, we've been here a long time. [applause] ♪ >> a lot of people might ask why our legacy business is important. we all have our own stories to tell about our ancestry. our lineage and i'll use one example of tommy's joint. tommy's joint is a place that my husband went to as a child and he's a fourth generation san franciscan. it's a place we can still go to today with our children or grandchildren and share the stories of what was san francisco like back in the 1950s. >> i'm the general manager at tommy's joint.
people mostly recognize tommy's joint for its murals on the outside of the building. very bright blue. you drive down and see what it is. they know the building. tommy's is a san francisco hoffa, which is a german-style presenting food. we have five different carved meats and we carve it by hand at the station. you prefer it to be carved whether you like your brisket fatty or want it lean. you want your pastrami to be very lean. you can say i want that piece of corn beef and want it cut, you know, very thick and i want it with some sauerkraut. tell the guys how you want to prepare it and they will do it right in front of you. san francisco's a place that's
changing restaurants, except for tommy's joint. tommy's joint has been the same since it opened and that is important. san francisco in general that we don't lose a grip of what san francisco's came from. tommy's is a place that you'll always recognize whenever you lock in the door. you'll see the same staff, the same bartender and have the same meal and that is great. that's important. ♪ >> the service that san francisco heritage offers to the legacy businesses is to help them with that application process, to make sure that they really recognize about them what it is that makes them so special here in san francisco. ♪
so we'll help them with that application process if, in fact, the board of supervisors does recognize them as a legacy business, then that does entitle them to certain financial benefits from the city of san francisco. but i say really, more importantly, it really brings them public recognition that this is a business in san francisco that has history and that is unique to san francisco. >> it started in june of 1953. ♪ and we make everything from scratch. everything. we started a you -- we started a off with 12 flavors and mango fruits from the philippines and then started trying them one by one and the
family had a whole new clientele. the business really boomed after that. >> i think that the flavors we make reflect the diversity of san francisco. we were really surprised about the legacy project but we were thrilled to be a part of it. businesses come and go in the city. pretty tough for businesss to stay here because it is so expensive and there's so much competition. so for us who have been here all these years and still be popular and to be recognized by the city has been really a huge honor. >> we got a phone call from a woman who was 91 and she wanted to know if the mitchells still owned it and she was so happy that we were still involved, still the owners. she was our customer in 1953.
and she still comes in. but she was just making sure that we were still around and it just makes us feel, you know, very proud that we're carrying on our father's legacy. and that we mean so much to so many people. ♪ >> it provides a perspective. and i think if you only looked at it in the here and now, you're missing the context. for me, legacy businesses, legacy bars and restaurants are really about setting the context for how we come to be where we are today. >> i just think it's part of san francisco. people like to see familiar stuff. at least i know i do. >> in the 1950s, you could see a picture of tommy's joint and looks exactly the same. we haven't change add thing. >> i remember one lady saying, you know, i've been eating this ice cream since before i was born. and i thought, wow! we have, too.
♪ >> growing up in san francisco has been way safer than growing up other places we we have that bubble, and it's still that bubble that it's okay to be whatever you want to. you can let your free flag fry he -- fly here. as an adult with autism, i'm here to challenge people's idea of what autism is. my journey is not everyone's journey because every autistic child is different, but there's
hope. my background has heavy roots in the bay area. i was born in san diego and adopted out to san francisco when i was about 17 years old. i bounced around a little bit here in high school, but i've always been here in the bay. we are an inclusive preschool, which means that we cater to emp. we don't turn anyone away. we take every child regardless of race, creed, religious or ability. the most common thing i hear in my adult life is oh, you don't seem like you have autism. you seem so normal. yeah. that's 26 years of really, really, really hard work and i think thises that i still do. i was one of the first open adoptions for an lgbt couple. they split up when i was about four. one of them is partnered, and one of them is not, and then my biological mother, who is also
a lesbian. very queer family. growing up in the 90's with a queer family was odd, i had the bubble to protect me, and here, i felt safe. i was bullied relatively infrequently. but i never really felt isolated or alone. i have known for virtually my entire life i was not suspended, but kindly asked to not ever bring it up again in first grade, my desire to have a sex change. the school that i went to really had no idea how to handle one. one of my parents is a little bit gender nonconforming, so they know what it's about, but my parents wanted my life to be safe. when i have all the neurological issues to manage, that was just one more to add to it. i was a weird kid. i had my core group of, like,
very tight, like, three friends. when we look at autism, we characterize it by, like, lack of eye contact, what i do now is when i'm looking away from the camera, it's for my own comfort. faces are confusing. it's a lack of mirror neurons in your brain working properly to allow you to experience empathy, to realize where somebody is coming from, or to realize that body language means that. at its core, autism is a social disorder, it's a neurological disorder that people are born with, and it's a big, big spectrum. it wasn't until i was a teenager that i heard autism in relation to myself, and i rejected it. i was very loud, i took up a lot of space, and it was because mostly taking up space let everybody else know where i existed in the world. i didn't like to talk to people
really, and then, when i did, i overshared. i was very difficult to be around. but the friends that i have are very close. i click with our atypical kiddos than other people do. in experience, i remember when i was five years old and not wanting people to touch me because it hurt. i remember throwing chairs because i could not regulate my own emotions, and it did not mean that i was a bad kid, it meant that i couldn't cope. i grew up in a family of behavioral psychologists, and i got development cal -- developmental psychology from all sides. i recognize that my experience is just a very small picture of that, and not everybody's in a position to have a family that's as supportive, but there's also a community that's incredible helpful and
wonderful and open and there for you in your moments of need. it was like two or three years of conversations before i was like you know what? i'm just going to do this, and i went out and got my prescription for hormones and started transitioning medically, even though i had already been living as a male. i have a two-year-old. the person who i'm now married to is my husband for about two years, and then started gaining weight and wasn't sure, so i we went and talked with the doctor at my clinic, and he said well, testosterone is basically birth control, so there's no way you can be pregnant. i found out i was pregnant at 6.5 months. my whole mission is to kind of normalize adults like me. i think i've finally found my calling in early intervention, which is here, kind of what we do. i think the access to
irrelevant care for parents is intentionally confusing. when i did the procespective search for autism for my own child, it was confusing. we have a place where children can be children, but it's very confusing. i always out myself as an adult with autism. i think it's helpful when you know where can your child go. how i'm choosing to help is to give children that would normally not be allowed to have children in the same respect, kids that have three times as much work to do as their peers or kids who do odd things, like, beach therapy. how do -- speech therapy. how do you explain that to the rest of their class? i want that to be a normal experience. i was working on a certificate
and kind of getting think early childhood credits brefore i started working here, and we did a section on transgender inclusion, inclusion, which is a big issue here in san francisco because we attract lots of queer families, and the teacher approached me and said i don't really feel comfortable or qualified to talk about this from, like, a cisgendered straight person's perspective, would you mind talking a little bit with your own experience, and i'm like absolutely. so i'm now one of the guest speakers in that particular class at city college. i love growing up here. i love what san francisco represents. the idea of leaving has never occurred to me. but it's a place that i need to fight for to bring it back to what it used to be, to allow all of those little kids that come from really unsafe environments to move somewhere safe. what i've done with my life is work to make all of those situations better, to bring a
little bit of light to all those kind of issues that we're still having, hoping to expand into a little bit more of a resource center, and this resource center would be more those new parents who have gotten that diagnosis, and we want to be this one centralized place that allows parents to breathe for a second. i would love to empower from the bottom up, from the kid level, and from the top down, from the teacher level. so many things that i would love to do that are all about changing people's minds about certain chunts, like the transgender community or the autistic community. i would like my daughter to know there's no wrong way to go through life. everybody experiences pain and grief and sadness, and that all of those things are temporary.
>> san francisco recreation and parks department offers classes for the whole family. rec and parks has a class for everyone. discover what is available now and get ready to get out and play. henri matisse. frida kahlo. andy warhol. discover the next great artist. get out and play and get inspired with toddler classes. experience art where making a mess is part of the process. classes and the size the artistic process rather than the product. children have the freedom to explore materials at their own
pace and in their own way. talks love art, especially when they died into the creative process -- dive into the creative process. at the end of the classes, they have cleaned and washup. of.com great way to get out and play. for more information, visit sfrecpark.org. that out and play and get into the groove. rec and parks offers dance classes for seniors. first-time beginners or lifetime enthusiasts -- all are welcome. enjoy all types of music. latins also, country and
western. it is a great way to exercise while having lots of fun. seniors learn basic moves and practice a variety of routines. improve your posture, balance, and flexibility. it is easy. get up on your feet and step to the beat. senior dance class is from sf rec and park. a great way to get out and play. >> for more information, [♪] >> i just don't know that you can find a neighborhood in the city where you can hear music stands and take a ride on the
low rider down the street. it is an experience that you can't have anywhere else in san francisco. [♪] [♪] >> district nine is a in the southeast portion of the city. we have four neighborhoods that i represent. st. mary's park has a completely unique architecture. very distinct feel, and it is a very close to holly park which is another beautiful park in san francisco. the bernal heights district is unique in that we have the hell which has one of the best views in all of san francisco. there is a swinging hanging from a tree at the top. it is as if you are swinging over the entire city. there are two unique aspects. it is considered the fourth
chinatown in san francisco. sixty% of the residents are of chinese ancestry. the second unique, and fun aspect about this area is it is the garden district. there is a lot of urban agriculture and it was where the city grew the majority of the flowers. not only for san francisco but for the region. and of course, it is the location in mclaren park which is the city's second biggest park after golden gate. many people don't know the neighborhood in the first place if they haven't been there. we call it the best neighborhood nobody has ever heard our. every neighborhood in district nine has a very special aspect. where we are right now is the mission district. the mission district is a very special part of our city. you smell the tacos at the [speaking spanish] and they have the best latin pastries. they have these shortbread cookies with caramel in the
middle. and then you walk further down and you have sunrise café. it is a place that you come for the incredible food, but also to learn about what is happening in the neighborhood and how you can help and support your community. >> twenty-fourth street is the birthplace of the movement. we have over 620 murals. it is the largest outdoor public gallery in the country and possibly the world. >> you can find so much political engagement park next to so much incredible art. it's another reason why we think this is a cultural district that we must preserve. [♪] >> it was formed in 2014. we had been an organization that had been around for over 20 years. we worked a lot in the neighborhood around life issues. most recently, in 2012, there were issues around gentrification in the neighborhood. so the idea of forming the cultural district was to help
preserve the history and the culture that is in this neighborhood for the future of families and generations. >> in the past decade, 8,000 latino residents in the mission district have been displaced from their community. we all know that the rising cost of living in san francisco has led to many people being displaced. lower and middle income all over the city. because it there is richness in this neighborhood that i also mentioned the fact it is flat and so accessible by trip public transportation, has, has made it very popular. >> it's a struggle for us right now, you know, when you get a lot of development coming to an area, a lot of new people coming to the area with different sets of values and different culture. there is a lot of struggle between the existing community and the newness coming in. there are some things that we do to try to slow it down so it
doesn't completely erase the communities. we try to have developments that is more in tune with the community and more equitable development in the area. >> you need to meet with and gain the support and find out the needs of the neighborhoods. the people on the businesses that came before you. you need to dialogue and show respect. and then figure out how to bring in the new, without displacing the old. [♪] >> i hope we can reset a lot of the mission that we have lost in the last 20 years. so we will be bringing in a lot of folks into the neighborhoods pick when we do that, there is a demand or, you know, certain types of services that pertain more to the local community and working-class. >> back in the day, we looked at mission street, and now it does not look and feel anything like mission street. this is the last stand of the
latino concentrated arts, culture and cuisine and people. we created a cultural district to do our best to conserve that feeling. that is what makes our city so cosmopolitan and diverse and makes us the envy of the world. we have these unique neighborhoods with so much cultural presence and learnings, that we want to preserve. [♪]
>> good morning everyone pick i want to welcome me to the final budget and finance committee. the final year for 2018 and the final for me as the chair of this budget. i have enjoyed serving san francisco in the capacity as the budget chair. i want to thank sandy fewer for serving with me as a vice chair and recognize catherine stefani who stepped in as soon as she joins the board and it has been a pleasure to serve with you. i have to give so much love to linda wong. i had an opportunity to love on her every da